Shirley Duncan

Name ID 2138

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14c
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Birthday party

Not sure who for. My mother and father (Nora & Bob) are standing together at the back, brother Bob sitting immediately in front of mum, sister Shirley sitting immediately in front of dad and me sitting on the nearest seat looking back (cute little kid). Lady on the left unknown? (Mum used to work in the Standard Bank of South Africa – in either Mwanza or Arusha).

Extract ID: 5245

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14d
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Bob, Brian & Shirley

Mucking about (as kids do) in front of the Arusha house.

Extract ID: 5246

See also

Abbott, Peter Armies in East Africa 1914-18
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14e
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Bob, Brian & Shirley

Mucking about (as kids do) in front of the Arusha house.

Extract ID: 5247

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14h
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Nora, Brian, Shirley & Bob

Not sure where but assume an airport prior to departure.

Hi - great site. I grew up in Tanzania. I think this photograph might just be of the [old] Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe.

David Plater 18 July 2007

Yes, that is the old Lake Victoria Hotel at Entebbe. If you enter that title in Google Images, you'll see an almost identical hotel frontage, albeit modernised.

Hazel Redgrave 8 Oct 2007

Extract ID: 5290

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14j
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Train to Mbeya

Sister Shirley (2nd on left) departing for boarding school in Mbeya (obviously thrilled at the thought).

Extract ID: 5303

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 20a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shirley

Sister Shirley during horse riding lessons on the other side of the Temi River (possibly in the area where the Gymkhana Club is now. Girl in background is Elizabeth Miller.

Shirley was at Mbeya (boarding school) from 1956 to 1959 (Burton House – green checked gingham dresses). Other houses were Stanley (blue), Livingstone (yellow?) and ? (red). She then had one year at Iringa boarding school. In 1959 she was joined by Jane Saddler (sister to Avril).

She then moved to Arusha as a day pupil, but latterly was tutored by a private teacher, along with three other pupils. Two of them were sisters, Elizabeth Miller (mentioned above) and Caroline. Their mother trained a horse called ‘Two Rivers’ and had a farm just outside Arusha. The private tutor was the wife of ‘Beeswax Smith’, who also lived on the other side of the Temi River.

Tom Linton says: The picture of the horse. That's the Miller home which was on Themi road just before you enter Themi coffee estate, on the way to the Pyrethrum factory built by my father Dr. John Linton, who passed away last year. When my horse arrived on the train from Nairobi, he was boarded in the Miller's paddock for a while. Mr. Miller left the country during the nationalization period (of socialism) with his wealth, in stones, and was sadly killed when the small plane he was absconding in crashed.

Extract ID: 5294

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 20b
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shirley

Extract ID: 5295

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Page Number: 00a
Extract Date: February 2007

Potted History

My father originally worked in the Mwanza area for the WD & ID, responsible for dam building and keeping river-beds clear for the next rainy season. Having left the RN after the end of hostilities, he spent some time working with BE Chaplain, Gunmakers in Winchester, where he learnt some of the intricacies of sporting gun repairs. This put him in good stead upon his arrival in Mwanza then subsequently Arusha, where he carried out numerous gun repairs for local shooters. He also manufactured and presented a mounted miniature cannon to the Mwanza Yacht Club. This was used for starting their numerous races.

During our time in Mwanza, all three kids were born (Shirley 1948, Bob 1951, Brian 1954). During my birth, sister Shirley had Malaria, so ended up staying in the same hospital room. Four-six months later, I had a bad bought of boils (on my bum) – bad for me but good for Shirley as she inherited the syringe to treat her dolls!!!!

After 2 ½ years in Mwanza we returned to the UK for six months for the family ‘long leave’. Upon our return to Mwanza, dad worked for a spell in Schumann’s Garage, then transferred to Ukiriguru, then to Malya (with the WD & ID), then back to Mwanza.

1958 we moved to Arusha, where the lifestyle continued much as previous, with both parents also taking up golf at the local 9 hole course, and the three kids enjoying a swim or two in the New Arusha Hotel swimming pool. Although dad obviously preferred game shooting, he was also instrumental in setting up the Arusha Gun Club.

In 1962 (following Independence) we moved to the UK, staying for a short period in the Winchester area (where my mother originated from), then moving to Brechin, Angus where dad went into business as a gunsmith. Initially he had a couple of partners, which did not work out as envisaged, so he set up on his own, becoming one of the largest gun retail business in Scotland (Duncan of Brechin).

Upon his retirement, the business was sold which allowed him to continue with his passion for shotgun shooting (primarily), with some interspersed deer stalking. He also took up fishing, which latterly was easier for him to do due to failing health. He subsequently died in 2001. My mother (Nora) currently lives in the Comrie area, Perthshire with my sister Shirley.

Sister Shirley has spent most of her working life as a PA and senior secretary to numerous company owners/directors. She is now working with the local council, again in a secretarial position. She is married with two children (Stephen & Barbara), and has two grandchildren.

Brother Bob unfortunately died in 1993 (aged 42) from severe diabetes, which he had from the age of seven. Although married with two children (Lynzi & Robbie), he was instigating divorce proceedings at that time, which is believed to have contributed to his early and untimely death. He was an estate factor, latterly working with the Nature Conservancy Council in Edinburgh. He studied at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College, achieving an honours degree.

For myself, married to Sandra, also with two children (Andrew & Angela). Both now grown up (23 & 21 respectively), both living in Brechin, Angus, and both working in the oil industry (North Sea). Sandra & I live in the small and beautiful village of Edzell, which is ~4 miles from Brechin and midway between Aberdeen & Dundee. I also work in the oil industry, having done so since 1985.

Extract ID: 5331
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